The opening reception last night at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax was everything that it was billed to be. Jason Davis, Javier Padilla, and Jessica Kallista pulled it off, and Epicure was a perfect host. Kid Klaws, the band, was the right background for this Bohemian-in the-burbs experience.
Jason Davis asked me what I look for when I come to art exhibits like this. My short answer is art from the heart. It surely helps when the artists are steeped in their own culture. In this case each one is unique, and together the result is a synergistic outcome of genuine modern expression.
Jessica is a mother of four children, and yet has the autonomy of an edgy artist. Her work that has been described before in this column is absolutely unique, and consistently so.
Jason Davis spent a number of years in the Air Force, and now he is liberated and his work is unbridled abstract expressionism. What is interesting is how he combines the delicate work of something like a Paul Klee drawing with wild abstraction of his original making. Contrasts like that make it interesting.
Javier Padilla is a star whose work is deeply rooted in his culture. He is a scientist on one hand, yet exudes spirituality and love for iconography. He takes simple things and makes them appear logotypic. A Schwinn bike becomes an icon, for instance.
If anything, what these three artists tell you is that they are dedicated artists whose work is worthy of note because it is art from the heart.
See the slideshow.
At the Epicure Café located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA. Tell Me Something will be on view at Epicure Café from April 5 through May 13.
11104 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030